Shaun Peterson, a Tacoma print and sculpture artist who is a member of the Puyallup tribe, has won this year’s Foundation of Art Award. The award, in its 6th year, is given by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to recognize talent and community commitment among local artists. Peterson will receive the $7,500 cash award, and will also be commissioned to create a piece for the foundation, which will be unveiled in a two-month long exhibition at Fulcrum Gallery starting November 14.
“It’s a great feeling to have recognition in one’s community,” said Peterson in a press release. “It’s something I’ve longed for since my early start, and I am happy to receive this recognition from peers. Making art is often a place of solitude, so to feel a sense of appreciation helps address the time and effort that goes into the creative process.”
Among his other works, Peterson is perhaps best known for his “Welcome Figure,” the carved Native Northwest female figure standing 20 feet high above Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma. Focusing on the art of his Coast Salish roots, Peterson also does painting, print and other sculpture, incorporating glass, metal and light.